Several area cross country teams came together Saturday to compete at the Centreville Invitational in a format that allowed competitors in all grade levels a chance to shine.
Broken up into A/B and C/D divisions and separate races for underclassmen and upperclassmen, a total of four teams from the area took home titles.
In the girls Freshman-Sophomore Class C-D race, it was Schoolcraft taking first with 40 points. Kalamazoo Homeschool freshman Clare Engle was the top finisher in 22 minutes, 10.57 seconds. In the boys race, Coloma came out on top with 37 points and Constantine was runner-up with 52. Centreville sophomore Thai Pratel crossed the line first in 18:54.52.
For the C-D upperclassmen, Watervliet’s boys team was the winner with 19 points and the girls from Galesburg-Augusta won with 24, edging second-place Centreville (31). Kalamazoo Homeschool junior Johnathan Adair cruised to a 50-second win in 17:09.90, while Galesburg junior Aubree Sedore was the top finisher in the girls race in 20:56.34. Centreville’s Gabriella Schlabach (junior) finished second in 21:05.95.
In Class A-B action, Three Rivers’ boys underclassmen squad scored 19 points for a win, led by third-place finisher Brody Fletcher (sophomore), who clocked in a 18:23.43. Vicksburg claimed a victory in the girls race with 32 points. Savina Centofanti was runner-up for the Bulldogs in 22:03.46.
Berrien Springs secured a victory for the upperclassmen boys with 32 points and Vicksburg (35) and Sturgis (47) rouned out the top three. Edwardsburg senior Jack Leman posted a winning time of 16:54.43. South Haven’s juniors and seniors wrapped up a win with 40 points in the girls race.
Photos by Aaron Olson